By Ashley Booker
Hutchinson News – February 16, 2017
Hutchinson City Manager John Deardoff announced Wednesday that after an extensive search, an assistant fire chief from Wisconsin has been selected to become the next Hutchinson fire chief.
Steven Beer will begin his duties as chief in early April, according to a city release.
Beer currently is the assistant fire chief of operations for the Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Department in Fond du Lac, Wis.
He has served in many roles with Fond du Lac Fire Department, including paramedic, paramedic/lieutenant, captain and battalion chief before being promoted to his current position in 2010.
Beer is replacing former Fire Chief Kim Forbes, who retired last November after 40 years of service with the department, 13 of which he served as fire chief. Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen has served as the interim chief.
Beer has a Bachelor of Science in homeland security administration and a Center for Public Safety Excellence certification as a chief fire officer. Currently he’s working on a master’s in leadership.
“Deardoff believes Steven’s educational accomplishments, leadership abilities and fire and rescue experience make him a perfect fit for our organization,” according to the release. “Steven understands the importance of strategic planning, employee empowerment and organizational development.”
Beer said he’s excited about his new role.
“I look forward to working with the department members, command staff, city officials, and the community,” Beer said in a release. “Hutchinson has a long history of serving the community with a great sense of duty, pride and honor.”
“We will continue to work together to provide the most effective and efficient service to our citizens while providing the highest degree of safety,” he added. “In addition, we will continue to provide a fire safe community for those who live, work and travel through our great community.”